BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia addresses a programme of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal at Engineers’ Institute in the capital Saturday. Photo: TV grab
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has warned of waging movement against the government at an “appropriate time” to press home their demand for elections under a nonpartisan government.
“BNP is not run on anyone’s dictations. I along with my supporters will take to the streets at an appropriate time to fulfill the peoples’s demand,” Khaleda said.
She was addressing the inaugural sessions of the council of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital.
Holding the government responsible for the ongoing incidents of killings, Khaleda said people have already lost their faith in it as body recovery from tunnels, rivers and paddy fields has increased alarmingly.
Awami League did not carry out any development work in the country’s industrial and agricultural sectors during its last five years and three months’ tenure, she added.
The BNP chief added that several industries including readymade garments are being closed as the government has failed to encourage local and foreign investment in the sectors.
She also criticised the government for increasing power tariff.
Khaleda, also chief of the BNP-led 19-party alliance, called upon Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to sit for a dialogue immediately for holding an election under a non-party administration.
“Otherwise, the administration has to take responsibilities for any consequences,” the BNP chief warned.
Pointing to her ongoing efforts to reorganise the party across the country, Khaleda called upon BNP leaders and activists to elect efficient and dedicated leaders in the new committees who will be able to play “brave” role in the upcoming anti-government movement.
“Time has come. Let’s prepare for the movement and give reply to the government’s oppression by creating resistance instead of shedding tears,” she said.